- Category: Starflower Blog
- Published: Monday, 30 November -0001 00:00
- Written by Libby Davidson
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Thursday, March 21, 2013: I started noticing this farm as I traveled Blakely Road in Colchester this winter and finally mustered up the courage to knock on the door and ask if I could paint on their land. A smiling woman invited me in and introduced herself as the 4th generation of Blakelys to live on their family farm, for whom Blakely Road was named. After a lengthy conversation, she suggested I come back soon to paint. A big snowstorm transformed the landscape from spring grasses to winter once again, so the farm looked quite different when I returned to paint. Mary and Jacquie joined me, with some of us strapping on snowshoes. The snow was about 8" deep. Temp was about 37 degrees F in the sun, with wind S/SW at 11 mph. I thought I'd be peeling off layers of clothes, but as time went on, the shadows cast by the trees kept me much chillier than expected. Mary and Jacquie had no such problems as they had set up in full sun at the crest of the hill. Fortunately my painting came together quite rapidly.
I had gravitated to the view of the large barn through the trees with their long shadows cast across the snow and the unique stump fence leading the eye up to the barn. The stumps were from ancient White Pines dating back to the late 1890s, uprooted by oxen. Hard to have this stump fence recognizable as such in my painting, since few people have actually seen one.